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The new Design Building's environmentally-friendly construction featured in Gazette

The environmentally-friendly timber-frame construction of the new Design Building that will house the Environmental Conservation Department's Building and Construction Technology program is featured in an article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Ross awarded $56,250 from Moore Foundation and Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Jennifer Ross, Physics, has been awarded $56,250 from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Research Corporation for Science Advancement to conduct ambitious, high-risk, highly impactful research on untested ideas in cell biology. CNBC, Marketplace (NPR), News release

UMass Amherst and Jawaharlal Nehru University to collaborate on climate change

UMass Amherst hosted a historic international joint workshop with visiting scientists from India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to launch a new collaboration to explore and cultivate mutual research interests and strengths on topics related to climate change including water, food, crop adaptation, and social and economic changes. Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy (left) and JNU Vice Chancellor Sudhir K. Sopory, introduced goals and strategies to guide the work.

Spencer study finds sleep helps overcome memory deficits after concussion

A new study led by Rebecca Spencer, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and published in Frontier in Human Neuroscience, suggests that despite the disturbed sleep and cognitive problems a person can be left with for years following a concussion, sleep still helps overcome memory deficits, and the benefit is equivalent to that seen in individuals without a history of mild traumatic brain injury. MedicalXpress.com, Siasat.com, Zeenews, Business Standard, Neurologyadvisor.com, News release

Shoenfeld and Gerber featured in local farming article in Business West

Joe Shoenfeld, Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, and John Gerber, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, were featured in a Business West cover story on local farming in Western Mass., and how UMass Amherst’s residential dining commons are among institutions serving locally-grown products.

The work of Willocq, Dallapiccola, and Brau at the Large Hadron Collider is featured

The work of a team UMass Amherst team of physicists who are conducting experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Switzerland is featured. The team includes Stephane Y. Willocq, Carlo Dallapiccola, and Benjamin P. Brau, all in the Physics Department, along with two postdoctoral researchers, five doctoral students, and seven undergraduates. Research Next, News release

Rotello receives President’s Science and Technology Initiative Fund award

President Robert L. Caret announced the President’s Science and Technology Initiative Fund awards and among them was $134,000 given to Vincent Rotello, Chemistry, and Arthur Mercurio of UMass Medical for their project titled “Integrating Physical Sciences and Oncology." Five other proposals led by faculty at other campuses but involving Amherst campus researchers were awarded a total of $535,000. The projects include work on seafood sustainability, multi-scale 3D printing, the development of a facility for genome engineering in model organisms, chemical screening for drug development, and a marine bioprospecting initiative. News release

Manning Inventor Fellowships go to Roy, Rao, Gehan, and Smith

The first Manning Inventor Fellowships have been awarded to (right, from top left corner) Sandra Roy, Narasimha Rao, Jessica Smith, and Timothy Gehan. Created by Paul B. Manning '77, the fellowships provide one-year stipends ($30,000 for graduate students; $50,000 for postdoctoral fellows) designed to attract, encourage, and recognize graduate student and postdoctoral inventors and to acknowledge the importance of translational research on the UMass Amherst campus. The four were chosen out of a pool of 28 applicants by a panel chaired by Dean Steve Goodwin on the basis of the likelihood of project success and potential for commercialization.

Rawlins interviewed by AP about New England's near-drought condition

Michael Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate Systems Research Center, was interviewed by the Associated Press for a syndicated article about New England's unusually dry spring.

Ralston, DeLuca, and King combine bird survey data to identify vulnerable boreal species

Joel R. Ralston and William V. DeLuca, both Environmental Conservation post-doctoral fellows, and David I. King, a research wildlife biologist in Environmental Conservation, with other colleagues have for the first time taken a regional look at trends in birds in hard-to-reach habitats by combining data from several local point counts to offer a new picture of how spruce-fir forest-dependent birds are faring, as published in Biological Conservation. Phys.org, News release

Lowenthal's LMT images featured

Photographs of the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) by astronomer James Lowenthal, member of the UMass Amherst graduate faculty, were featured. The 164-foot radiotelescope atop Sierra la Negra is a collaboration between UMass Amherst and Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica. Slideshow

2015 Senior Celebration photos posted

A selection of photos from the 2015 CNS Senior Celebration, held on May 9, are now available. Event photo gallery

Danylchuk to be first to assess human and environmental pressures on golden dorado fish

A new study launching this month by Andy J. Danylchuk, Environmental Conservation, in collaboration with Argentina’s Ministry of Environment and regional partners, will be the first to assess the impact of catch-and-release fishing and other human and environmental pressures on the golden dorado, a fish of high economic and recreational value across South America. Phys.org, News release

Rhee receives Outstanding Student Award from New England Biosciences Society

Siyeon Rhee, Veterinary and Animal Sciences doctoral candidate, has received the New England Biosciences Society's Outstanding Student Award from the Korea Brain Research Institute.

Rawlins speaks about climate change on Academic Minute

Michael Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate Systems Research Center, was featured on the Academic Minute radio program talking about climate change in the context of last winter, one of the coldest on record for the northeastern United States. Inside Higher Ed

Elkinton efforts to control winter moths is featured in the Boston Globe

The efforts of Joseph Elkinton, Environmental Conservation, to control population of winter moth caterpillars is featured in the Boston Globe.

King and Federico named UMass Amherst Rising Researchers

Javier King ’15 (left), Physics, and Anthony Federico ’15, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, have been named Rising Researchers. King has created an essential tool for EXO-200, a particle physics collaboration among 100 scientists worldwide, says professor Andrea Pocar. Federico, whose advisor is Alice Y. Cheung, has discovered a link between a cell membrane receptor and a type of mustard green that should shed light on how plants develop, reproduce, and respond to stress.

Nugen wins international award for rapid pathogen detection in food

Sam R. Nugen, Food Science, was one of two winners of the 2015 Future Leaders Award from the International Life Sciences Institute’s (ILSI) North America division, for developing methods of engineering viruses to rapidly detect and separate microbial contaminants from food. The two-year, $15,000 per year award goes to promising nutrition and food scientists to allow new investigators the opportunity to add to an existing project or to conduct exploratory research that might not receive funding from other sources. Nugen’s new techniques should help food manufacturers avoid costly waits for safety test results before products can be sold.

Pipeline study from Jackson and Bradley is released

An assessment of the proposed pipeline in Massachusetts has been released by the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment. The report was compiled and written by Scott Jackson, Bethany Bradley, and Thomas Cairns, MS candidate, all from Environmental Conservation: “A Natural Resources Assessment of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company’s Proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project’s Pipeline Route Within Massachusetts."

Venkataraman awarded Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

Dhandapani "D.V." Venkataraman, Chemistry, was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award at the Graduate School Commencement on May 8. News release

Agriculture students and faculty inducted into national honor society

Fifteen seniors, two juniors, and two faculty members were inducted into the campus chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the National Agricultural Honor Society, on May 1, 2015. The two faculty inductees were Baoshan Xing and Duane Greene, both in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture. The director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, Wesley Autio, who was inducted into the society in 1979, presided over the ceremony. This chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta was formed last year, joining more than 50 chapters worldwide.

Stockbridge School of Agriculture holds 93rd commencement

Stockbridge School of Agriculture celebrated its 93rd commencement on May 9. The students in six majors received associate of science degrees. Degrees were awarded to 10 graduates in arboriculture and community forest management, seven in equine management, 11 in sustainable food and farming, 10 in sustainable horticulture, 11 in landscape contracting, and eight in turfgrass management. News release

Decker coordinates supplement for Advances in Nutrition on fats and oils

Eric Decker, Food Science, co-coordinated a scientific supplement for the peer-reviewed journal Advances in Nutrition that examines a range of issues surrounding dietary fats and oils. Medical News Today

Whitbourne blogs about bystander programs

A new blog post by Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, examined the effectiveness of active bystander programs, such as the one implemented by UMass Amherst, to prevent sexual assault on college campuses. Psychology Today

Snyder featured in Gazette article about Mass. Envirothon

A news story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette about the Massachusetts Envirothon notes that Will F. Snyder, UMass Extension, is the chairman of the event’s steering committee. About 250 high school students from across the state test their environmental knowledge, fieldwork and problem-solving skills at the event, held at the Quabbin Reservoir.